On Wednesday we found out that our church was having their annual garage sale. We decided that maybe it would be a good idea to try to take advantage of the circumstances and see if we could get rid of some of the things we didn’t want to store while we are living abroad.
We called to see if someone would be able to pick up our stuff and sure enough, a truck could come and get our things the next day. This meant we had about 24 hours to decide what we were keeping and what we wanted taken away. Now, we don’t have to be out of our house until the end of July, so this also meant trying to figure out what things we would be ok living without for the next month.We ended up with 4 piles of clothes, furniture, more furniture, and countless kitchen gadgets we have accumulated over the years. The truck came and after 2 trips they took EVERYTHING! It was such a wonderful blessing. My stress levels greatly decrease once that truck pulled away that final time.
So, things are progressing. We have withdrawn the kiddos from public school and signed them up for homeschooling. We have a move-out date for our house and a date of when we will be headed to Europe.
And now, the Great Purge has begun. I expect a great simplification of our lives as we rid ourselves of the items that we have unnecessarily held onto over the years. It feels good. This feels right.
2. Pack up the house
3. Find someone who will watch our dog and/or cat while we’re gone–any takers??
4. Get the carpets cleaned
5. Try to get someone to take over the lease to our car
6. Move in with the in-laws (Grammy, if you’re reading this, can we move in July 26th?) 🙂
7. Withdrawal the children from their schools
8. Submit a homeschool plan to the school district
9. Figure out an online Math program for each of the kiddos
10. Get rid of everything we won’t be keeping in storage
11. Buy Marino Wool underclothes for the 6 of us for the cold European winters
12. Replace the one older suitcase that did not survive our initial trip to Europe
13. Make a list of places we would like to see for the weeks there will be no work
14. Purchase tickets to Europe
I’m sure I’ll be adding more to this list as the time grows nearer!
Under these tabs, you will find items we have used throughout our travel and places we have bought them from. This is basically my public attempt at helping anyone who is curious about certain clothing companies, travel insurance, luggage (hoping to add those entries soon!), and really anything else we’ve found that is helpful for travel and also things we’ve found that aren’t helpful. It’s a work in progress–so bear with me as I slowly add brands and companies to this page. It’s definitely not the most interesting of things to write about, but definitely things people ask about.